| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Engineers and architects from Newport Beach firm Bassenian Lagoni stood before the canned structure representing an orange and marveled at their creation during the seventh annual "Canstruction" competition at South Coast Plaza.
"We built a fruit out of...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 4:49 PM
With demolition scheduled to occur within weeks, about 200 people gathered Tuesday night for the last party at the site of the future AERIE condominium complex.
"I'm excited," said Richard Julian, the owner of the property at the corner of Carnation...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:03 PM
During the 1950s, Southern California culture was ablaze with anything considered chic, sophisticated and novel. Artists, designers and architects were pushing boundaries in style, design, architecture and invention.
World War II was over, and the...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 9:43 PM
Despite protests that the city of Newport Beach spent too much on its newly erected Civic Center, city officials are saying some respite may be in sight, especially in terms of energy savings.
The City Council recently received a one-time check for...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:21 PM
On Tuesday afternoon, after an underwhelming and predictable Costa Mesa City Council study session about the proposed charter, I left the Council Chambers and decided to take a quick stroll to the greenbelt across the street from the Police Station.
| May 3, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The votes are in for the winners of the 14th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
The eight-day festival concluded Thursday with a closing night spotlight of "The Way, Way Back." The sold-out screening was hosted at the Regency Lido Theatre, with an...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Costa Mesa High School athletics boosters weighed in Monday on a preliminary proposal for a revamped football and soccer field with an all-weather track around it.
School district planners are in the middle of a feasibility study considering what...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Architect and community activist Ron Hendrickson died at his home in Newport Beach last month after battling esophageal cancer. He was 85.
Hendrickson and his identical twin, Don, were born July 3, 1928, to Harvey and Sophia Hendrickson in Glendale. The...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:48 AM
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root.
There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S.,...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:35 AM
Austrian students from the Vienna University of Technology edged out the University of Nevada Las Vegas and 17 other collegiate teams Saturday in Irvine to win the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the closest finish to the sustainable house design competition...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design.
Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Previously approved LED signage for Metro Pointe is heading back to Costa Mesa City Hall for further review next week.
On Dec. 16, Councilwoman Sandy Genis appealed the Planning Commission's earlier approval, and now the matter is scheduled to go before...